The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism

The European Commission announced that the European Union's Civil Protection Mechanism has its 32nd member the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates European cooperation in disaster response.

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The European Chemicals Agency publishes the first EU Classification and Labelling Inventory

The first EU Classification and Labelling Inventory published opens the way to safer use of hazardous substances. The Inventory compiles information from over 3 million notifications for more than 100.000 substances which allows identifying those that are potentially hazardous and may damage health and the environment.

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Two reports from the Commission show the need to combat the soil degradation within the EU

The European Commission presented two reports, one with the political aspects and a second one with the scientific aspects, on the worrying phenomenon of the soil degradation in the EU. The reports show that between 1990 and 2006, at least 275 hectares of soil per day were permanently lost through soil sealing – the covering of fertile land by impermeable material – amounting to 1,000 km² per year, or an area the size of Cyprus every ten years.

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The EU trade with China continues growing, especially exports

Eurostat published that the EU exports to China up by 21% and imports by 5% in the first ten months of 2011. These figures show that despite the general decline in EU exports in 2009, EU exports to China continued to increase. The EU trade deficit with China increased from 49 billions in 2000 to 169 billions in 2010.

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The European Medicines Agency informs stakeholders on the introduction of new pharmacovigilance legislation

The European Medicines Agency has published a new implementation plan detailing the activities of the new pharmacovigilance legislation scheduled for implementation in 2012 and those activities which will be the focus beyond 2012. With the new legislation, any patient in European Member States will be able to report suspected adverse drug reactions to his or her national medicines authority.

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The EU and India agree to move its trade relationship forward

The 12th summit between the EU and India ended with the commitment of common determination to move the EU-India relationship forward, especially in the field of trade. In addition, it has been recently published that the EU trade in goods with India increased by 20% in the first ten months of 2011. Therefore, the EU remains India's biggest trading partner.

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